Milk Bar is the dessert outpost of the Momofuku restaurant empire. It has gained immense popularity over the past year and a half for its whimsical desserts such as cereal milk soft serve and eye catching names like crack pie and the compost cookie.
Birthday cake – rainbow cake crumble, sprinkles, vanilla frosting
The most eye-catching desserts are Milk Bar’s tall multi-layer cakes. They are sandwiched with ample frosting, curd, and buttercream and adorned with toppings. Some have a few too many fillings for my taste. The high ratio of filling to cake lends these desserts a very pudding-like consistency, especially in the chocolate malt cake. Gooey is the first word that came to mind when I tried this cake.
Chocolate malt cake – malt fudge, malted milk crumbs, charred marshmallows
Chocolate chip cake – passionfruit curd, chocolate crumbs, coffee buttercream
The chocolate chip cake is the best of the lot, combining several flavors and textures in one bite: chocolate chips throughout the cake and piled on top, tangy curd, and rich buttercream. I find other Milk Bar cakes to be overly moist, adding to their pudding-like consistency, but the chocolate chip cake maintains a sturdy, just dry enough crumb.
One of my favorite desserts at Milk Bar offers is the soft serve, which comes in the trademark cereal milk flavor, cantaloupe honey, raspberry lemonade, and peach tea. The peach tea is mildly sweet and very light, almost the texture of a very creamy sorbet. The cereal milk, everyone’s favorite, is richer, not reminiscent of sorbet at all.
I’m leaving my review of the pies for another time (most of you are probably familiar with the crack pie, whose filling is little more than heavy cream, brown sugar, and butter). On this particular visit, there were no whole pies available, but several prepackaged pie slices for sale. While the boxed slices offer their own unique appeal, if I am going to pay upwards of $5 for a very small slice of pie, I’d rather it not be pre-packaged.
Momofuku Milk Bar
251 E 13th St
New York, NY